Discover how easy it is to make herbal iced tea at home. No need for special equipment - you probably already have everything you need. It's quick to make a pitcherful of any flavor you like. Plus, you can use Edible Flower Ice Cubes to make your iced tea next level!
For many summers, I put off making iced tea. It seemed like a hassle. The reality is, it really isn't a hassle at all and is so satisfying on a summer day. It's definitely worth making! For extra flair and beauty, I like to use Edible Flower Ice Cubes.
You don't need much to make herbal iced tea!
Herbal tea bag: Simply choose your favorite standard-sized herbal iced tea bag. Not all tea bags are created equal. I like to look for unbleached biodegradable tea bags, like those by Clipper. Pictured is their orange and turmeric herbal tea - so good!
Alternatively, you can use fresh flavorful herbs, like lemon balm and pineapple mint.
Filtered Water: Some for the tea kettle and some for the pitcher.
See recipe card for quantities.
Liquid measuring cup, mug, or 8-oz+ bowl
Pitcher (one quart/liter)
It just takes a few simple steps to get a pitcherful of iced tea ready.
Steep 1-2 tea bags (or a bundle of fresh herbs tied together with kitchen twine) in boiled water.
Add ice to a pitcher.
Pour water and steeped tea into the pitcher of ice.
Pour from the pitcher into a glass. Add more ice as needed.
The darker the tea, the less you'll see your beautiful cubes.
One tea bag for a lighter tea, two for more flavor.
1 cup boiled water to steep teabag
When not in use, keep your pitcherful of iced tea in the fridge for up to a couple days. Alternatively, you can keep adding ice to it, though that can dull the flavor and color.
If you like the flavor of a particular herbal tea, it will most likely make a great iced tea! Lately, I've been enjoying an orange and turmeric iced tea by Clipper.
You can, though for the most flavor extraction it's best to use a smaller amount of boiling water for steeping and then add cold water after it's steeped.
Looking for more recipes for drinks? Check out the Drinks page!
These are my favorite dishes to serve with [this recipe]:
How to Make Herbal Iced Tea
- tea kettle or microwave
- liquid measuring cup or mug
- drinking glass
- 1-2 herbal tea bag(s) your favorite
- 4 cups filtered water 1 cup for boiling + 3 cups
- 3-6 ice cubes or more, depending on size
- Boil: In a tea kettle, bring at least one cup of water to boil.
- Steep: Place one or two tea bags in a liquid measuring cup, mug, or other heat-resistant container that can hold at least one cup of liquid.Pour about one cup of boiling water over the tea bag(s) and steep for 5 minutes, or according to package instructions.
- Ice: In a pitcher with at least one quart/liter (4 liquid cups) capacity, place 3-6 ice cubes, depending on the size of your cubes - or more, if you'd like. Use decorative ice cubes, if desired.
- Liquid: Add three cups of water to the pitcher of ice. Once the tea is finished steeping, remove the tea bag(s) and pour the steeped tea into the pitcher of ice water.
- Storage: Keep chilled. When not in use, keep your pitcherful of iced tea in the fridge for up to a couple days. Alternatively, you can keep adding ice to it, though that can dull the flavor and color.